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Two games into the new FA WSL season, and already the WSL 1 table has an all-too-familiar look about it.
Chelsea's powerful start to the new campaign continued as they recorded their second successive 6-0 victory, Sunderland this time being the victims. Fran Kirby scored the only goal of the first half with a strike from the edge of the area and two goals in a minute around the hour mark from Gemma Davison put her side well in control of the game. Ji So-Yun made it four with fifteen minutes remaining and further strikes from Erin Cuthbert and Eniola Aluko rounded off the scoring.
Manchester City are level on six points with Chelsea after a second half blitz of goals took them to a 5-2 win against Arsenal in the first of the big' clashes this season. The game exploded into life five minutes before the interval, Jane Ross giving City the lead with a typical opportunist strike but no sooner had a superb header from Emma Mitchell brought Arsenal level, then City were back in front when Steph Houghton scored from another corner. Heather O'Reilly bundled in another equaliser early in the second half for the Gunners who then went close to going ahead when Jordan Nobbs crashed a shot against the bar, but three goals in a ten minute spell from Georgia Stanway, Izzy Christiansen and Jill Scott settled the match irreversibly in City's favour.
Reading FC Women lie in third following their 3-0 success away to Liverpool on Friday night. The game was lit up midway through the first half when Fara Williams broke the deadlock with a superb volley from 25 yards against her former club and before the Reds could fully recover, they found themselves two down when Remi Allen tucked home the rebound after her initial shot was saved. Caroline Weir hit the post as Liverpool tried to rally after the break but a well taken goals from Brooke Chaplen rounded off a great night for the Royals and secured their first win of the season.
Birmingham City were another team to record their first win of the new campaign, 2-1 against Everton. Ellen White kept up her good start to the season by firing the Blues in front early on from a corner and the England striker then turned provider for the second on the half hour, setting up Charlie Wellings to score. Everton pulled a goal back through Chloe Kelly two minutes into the second half and the Toffees almost grabbed a point late on but Courtney Sweetman-Kirk's shot brought out a fine save from Fran Stenson.
The West Country derby went the way of Bristol City who beat Yeovil Town 1-0 on a wet Saturday night at Stoke Gifford. The only goal of the game came on the half hour when good work down the left by Yana Daniels ended with her cross being bundled home at the far post by Loren Dykes, for the Welsh international's first WSL goal for more than six years. Lauren Hemp rattled the post with a 25-yard strike as City dominated the first half against a lacklustre Yeovil side and although the second half was much more evenly contested, the home side never really looked like losing their lead and closed the game out for their first three points of the season.
Photo - Yeovil Town full back Hannah Miles tries to win the ball from Yana Daniels of Bristol City.
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